Nigerian workers yesterday joined their counterparts around the world to celebrate May Day, an occasion set aside every year to honour the contributions of the workers to the economies of their various nations.
The day featured rallies and speech making during which top political office holders such as President Goodluck Jonathan and governors seized the occasion to unfold steps their administrations are taking to improve workers' welfare.
Various labour unions, whose members thronged stadia and other venues across the country to mark the day, decried the insecurity in the country and called on government at all levels to do more to make life better for them.
Jonathan orders provision of more houses for workers
President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to make available three districts for workers' housing scheme in the nation's capital.
The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who announced the president's directive at the celebration of May Day in Abuja, said the task would be executed in collaboration with the organised private sector to achieve quick result.
He also said the FCTA had been working assiduously to boost workers' morale through various welfare programmes and incentives.
“It is also noteworthy that measures have been put in place to stem the congestion being experienced in the health care delivering facilities occasioned by the influx of people into the territory”, he added.
Responding, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar, commended Jonathan and the minister for allocating 600 hectares of land in a choice location to meet workers' housing needs.
He also appealed to the president to find time out of his busy schedule to perform the ground breaking of one of the social housing schemes for the workers in Abuja.